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Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705) Queen of King  Charles II

Benedetto Gennari the Younger

Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705) Queen of King Charles II

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ArtistBenedetto Gennari the Younger (1633-1715)
TitleCatherine of Braganza (1638-1705) Queen of King Charles II
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenancePossibly commissioned for the Duke of Modena, father-in-law of James, Duke of York (later King James II); collection of Lt. Col. J. Despencer-Robertson; by descent to his sister; by whom presented to Air Commodore Donkin; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in September 1980
Dimensionsheight: 126.00 cm, width: 101.50 cm
AcquisitionPurchased from Air Commodore Peter L Donkin, September 1980
LocationPortugal, Lisbon, British Embassy
GAC number15103

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Benedetto Gennari the Younger

Benedetto Gennari, Bolognese painter of history and portraits, was a pupil of the artist Guercino. In 1674 he arrived in London, where he was commissioned to paint altarpieces for the Queen in her Roman Catholic chapels at Whitehall and in St James’s Palace. In 1688 Gennari followed James II to St Germain near Paris after the latter’s deposition from the English throne, and continued in royal service until 1692 when he returned to Bologna.